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Idle Words

by Heather Jackson (Age: 39)
copyright 05-10-2004

Age Rating: 16 +

Youíve heard them all
Marked them all down
One after another
I let them spill
Thoughtlessly forth
One after another
And youíve grieved, too
Or rejoiced each time
One after another
But you grieved more
Wept eternal tears
One after another
As anger or hurt
Or bitterness came
One after another
Each more often
Than your blessings
One after another
That you so longed
To see poured out
One after another
On aching souls
On broken hearts
One after another
And I instead
Struck crushing blows
One after another
Never heeding
Where they might fall
One after another
Ignoring you
Your pleading calls
One after another
I abused them
These, your great gifts
One after another
Iím unworthy
Though you show me
One after another
Unboundless grace
Forgive my sins
One after another
I come again
My faults numbered
One after another
Grace refusing
One after another
You remind me
One after another
I have spoken
For good or ill
One after another
And here am I
Regretting them
One after another
Wishing that I
Could retrieve them
One after another
Because Iím sorry
By them Iím shamed
One after another
To live daily
One after another
When I forget
Each day I do
One after another
Please remind me
Of the high costs
One after another
Of each of these
My idle words

~Heather Jackson

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        02-07-2005     James Shammas        

Its's like getting hit so many times that you become numb or dead to even pain as well as pleasure. Even what may seem harmless, if repeated thoughtlessly, can be hurtful. It reminds me to be more vigilant and attentive to what I say and do. The format of the piece lends itself that association in my opinion.


        02-03-2005     Anthony Lane Stahlhut        

great thought. The subject is one for us all to think about! Thanks, Anthony

        08-03-2004     Eric Carrillo        

Hello, that was great. I look forward to reading more of your work.

        07-29-2004     Mary -BrytEyz- Ball        

Words rocking me, one after another...
Thoughts speaking to me, one after another...
of things we've done or said
awake or in bed
while others have bled
for daring to tread
where we thoughtlessly go
and fail consciously know
the harm that we inevitably throw
again and again
one after another after another after another...

        07-24-2004     Irina Guschina        

You are so right, Heather....
Nice poem for thinking!

With love,

        06-09-2004     Misty Montier        

I agree with Heather. Sometimes words just slip from our tongues, before we get to edit, and all you can do is hope that if when they do come out wrong the person on the receiving end will be forgiving enough to allow you another chance to speak more carefully.
I enjoyed reading. It would be interesting to see how it would read if you broke the poem up into verses, instead of as one continuous verse.

        05-27-2004     Nancy Pawley        

Heather, your poem states in no idle words, what all of us have done at one time or another. Wonderful write.

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